Welcome to help.rafu.com, the Japanese American community’s premier news website in a fresh, easy-to-use format.  This online edition ushers in a new era and is the result of a collaborative effort by Rafu Shimpo staff and a team of dedicated volunteers. 

Several weeks ago, the Rafu Shimpo management announced that financial stresses were threatening the newspaper’s continued viability.  We called for help, and you responded with overwhelming generosity, encouraging us to carry on by signing up for subscriptions, purchasing ads, and making donations. 

Today, we are moving closer to preserving the Rafu legacy into the future and are excited to show our new direction.


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Generations of History

The Rafu Shimpo print edition subscription rates will be increased effective Jan. 3, 2017, the first such increase since 2008. Online subscription rate is unchanged.

We worked hard to keep the print edition pricing as low as possible and are pleased to report that the increase will be only $20 per year, just 10 cents more per copy. Senior rate for subscribers age 65 and over will be an additional $18 per year, or just 8 cents more per copy. This was achieved despite the United States Postal Service’s anticipated rate increase next month.

New rates are:

Regular subscription: $169/ year, $85/six months, $45/three months

Seniors (age 65+): $135/ year, $68/six months, $35/three months

Online subscription: $50/year

As the Japanese American community’s only remaining bilingual daily on the mainland U.S., The Rafu Shimpo relies on your support in order to continue to provide comprehensive coverage of the stories, issues, and events that help define and inform our community.


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With the soul of an athlete striving for that extra bit of strength toward the finish line, a lightning-fast curve ball, or a game-winning lay-up, publisher Akira Komai (1908-1983) remained intensely focused on the goal: Rafu Shimpo must serve the community’s interests, its concerns, and its future.
— Excerpt from Citizen Journalist: The WWII Journal of Akira Komai
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